Organizations that are healthy reproduce. Reproduction is a characteristic shared by all healthy, living things. Your business is a living thing. Your non-profit is a living thing. Your co-op is a living thing. Your government department is a living thing – though I doubt it’s healthy. It’s because all of our coming-together-as-human beings are human systems, nothing more and nothing less. With humans at the core of our organization, the livingness of our humanity transcends the administration of an organization and gives it life. That is when it’s healthy. The health of the organization is dependant on a) the amount to which the human is central to the organization and b) the health of the humans that are central to the organization. An organization where administration is more central than humans, that is not healthy. The organization that isn’t organized, doesn’t reproduce, doesn’t convert, doesn’t grow, doesn’t translate, doesn’t respond, doesn’t stabilize, and doesn’t evolve isn’t healthy.
Healthy organizations reproduce. They reproduce themselves by creating an environment where the humans, a part of the organization, multiply. They reproduce their leadership by creating an environment where leadership is identified and fostered. And where leadership is not seen as a critical task accomplished by a small group of elites but as a critical task that is carried out by a group of people who serve others by providing a conduit for vast amounts of information to be seamlessly communicated through the organization in real-time. They reproduce products, by creating an environment where the end result of humans coming together is not measured in sum and linear thinking, but by-products; the end result of the multiplication and exponential thinking. The end result of 8 individuals coming together is not 8, it’s 268,435,456.
What gets in the way of an organization’s ability to reproduce? What stops us from achieving the exponential?
It’s when the individual becomes more important than the whole.
According to Forbes magazine, in 2020, which was a bad year for most people, CEO compensation increased by an average of 14.1%. While during that same period the median salary for employees increased less than the rate of inflation at 1.9%. CEO compensation is on average 5.4 times that of employees and has ballooned 1000% in the past 40 years, compared to 11.9% for the average employee in that same time span. Factor in 183.5% inflation since 1981 and employees are actually getting paid much less than they were 40 years ago.
– Chad Verity, CEO